Sunday, February 1, 2004

Top 25: Duke streak at 15

Stanford, St. Joe's still unbeaten

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA - Luol Deng scored a career-high 22 points and No. 1 Duke extended its winning streak to 15 games with an 82-74 victory Saturday over 14th-ranked Georgia Tech, which hasn't beaten the Blue Devils since 1996.

Duke (18-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) went ahead for good on Deng's free throw with 3:13 remaining, and J.J. Redick followed with a 3-pointer that pushed the margin to 72-68.

B.J. Elder made a couple of free throws with 2:52 left to get Georgia Tech (16-4, 4-3) within a basket, but the Yellow Jackets missed their next five shots. Duke pulled away when Daniel Ewing made a 3 and Shavlik Randolph dunked off a bullet pass from Chris Duhon.

Duke has dominated the series against Georgia Tech, winning 15 straight. Most of the games weren't even close - the Blue Devils' average winning margin before Saturday was 23 points.

Georgia Tech had beaten a No. 1 team this season, routing Connecticut in the Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden. That game signaled a change in fortunes for the Yellow Jackets, who have made the NCAA tournament only once in the past seven seasons.

The Blue Devils led 37-32 at the break and forced Georgia Tech to call a timeout less than a minute into the second half. Deng dunked and Ewing connected on a 3-pointer to make it a 10-point game.

Georgia Tech didn't help itself at the foul line, making only 15 of 25.

Jarrett Jack led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points, and Schenscher had 18. Deng eclipsed his career high of 21, set in November against Detroit.

No. 2 Stanford 83, Oregon 80

EUGENE, Ore. - Chris Hernandez scored all of his 22 points in the second half and led No. 2 Stanford back from a 19-point deficit to stay undefeated.

Stanford (18-0, 9-0 Pac-10) remains one of just two undefeated Division I teams in the nation. The other, No. 3 St. Joseph's, beat Temple 83-71 earlier Saturday.

It was Oregon's first loss at McArthur Court this season and third home loss in 39 games.

Luke Jackson (10-6, 5-4) led Oregon with 25 points, while James Davis had 19 points.

No. 3 Saint Joseph's 83, Temple 71

PHILADELPHIA - Jameer Nelson and Delonte West each had 21 points, and No. 3 Saint Joseph's set an Atlantic 10 record with 20 3-pointers to remain unbeaten.

Pat Carroll scored 20 and Chet Stachitas added 12 for the Hawks (18-0, 8-0), who extended their school-record winning streak to 18.

David Hawkins tied a career-high with 36 points for Temple (7-10, 2-5), the 12th straight game he has scored 20 or more. Mardy Collins had 21.

Marquette 77, No. 4 Louisville 70

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Steve Novak made eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 30 points, and Marquette beat Louisville in Rick Pitino's first game back with the Cardinals following a two-day medical leave.

Travis Diener added 17 points and seven assists as the Golden Eagles (13-5, 4-3 Conference USA) snapped Louisville's 16-game winning streak. Novak also had eight rebounds.

Marquette also ended Louisville's 16-game winning streak at Freedom Hall, which dated to the Golden Eagles' 78-73 victory here last Feb. 27.

Pitino was as animated as ever on the sideline, three days after returning from a medical leave. He went to the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday to probe the cause of a pain that's persisted in his left side for months, causing him to miss the Cardinals' 64-48 win over Houston on Wednesday. He said tests revealed no serious problems.

Luke Whitehead had 14 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for Louisville (16-2, 6-1).

No. 6 Connecticut 63, Boston College 58

BOSTON - Emeka Okafor and Rashad Anderson scored 16 points each and Connecticut held off Boston College in the last three minutes.

The Huskies, who had dropped from first in the nation by losing two of their previous four games, took the lead for good, 55-53, on Taliek Brown's layup with 2:42 left.

Connecticut (17-3, 5-1 Big East) trailed 30-29 at halftime but never was behind after Ben Gordon's two free throws made it 47-44. Boston College (13-7, 2-5) tied the game three times after that.

The Eagles were led by Craig Smith with 18 points and Uka Agbai and Louis Hinnant with 10 each.

No. 9 Arizona 61, Washington State 57

PULLMAN, Wash. - Channing Frye hit a short jumper with 58 seconds left to help Arizona pull out the win.

Washington State coach Dick Bennett missed the game with an illness. Assistant coach Tony Bennett, his son, took over for the Cougars.

Arizona (14-4, 6-3 Pac-10), coming off a shocking 96-83 loss at Washington on Thursday, was held to its lowest point total of the season.

Frye scored 17 points as Arizona won its 37th straight over Washington State. Marcus Moore led Washington State (9-10, 3-6) with 29 points.

No. 11 Mississippi State 73, Auburn 68

AUBURN, Ala. - Shane Power hit four free throws in the final 19 seconds and Mississippi State won for its best league start in 41 years.

Timmy Bowers had 17 points and Lawrence Roberts had 14 points and 11 rebounds despite foul trouble for the Bulldogs (18-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference).

Mississippi State won despite career nights by Quinnel Brown and Lewis Monroe for the Tigers (11-7, 2-5). Brown had a career best 20, while Monroe had 17.

The Bulldogs are off to their best league start since the 1962-63 team opened 8-1.

Clemson 81, No. 12 North Carolina 72

CLEMSON, S.C. - Shawan Robinson scored a career-high 24 points to lift Clemson.

The win was the biggest for Clemson (9-10, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) since defeating then-No. 1 North Carolina 75-65 in February 2001.

North Carolina (13-5, 3-4) has yet to win a conference road game this season. Rashad McCants led the Tar Heels with 26 points.

The Tar Heels cut the lead to 54-47 with less than 14 minutes to go before the Tigers hit four 3-pointers to take a 66-52 lead. North Carolina would not get closer than eight the rest of the way - even though Clemson didn't hit a shot in the final 4:40.

No. 18 Oklahoma St. 70, No. 13 Texas Tech 66

STILLWATER, Okla. - Tony Allen scored 20 points and John Lucas hit four free throws in the final 12 seconds to lead No. 18 Oklahoma State over No. 13 Texas Tech in a foul-plagued game.

Oklahoma State (15-2, 5-1 Big 12) is now on a five-game winning streak, putting the Cowboys into a three-way tie for first place in the conference with Kansas and Texas.

Andre Emmett, the Big 12's leading scorer, finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. He didn't score a basket in the final 16 minutes and couldn't even free himself to get the ball down the stretch.

Jarrius Jackson led the Red Raiders (16-3, 4-1) with 22 points.

Iowa State 68, No. 15 Kansas 61

AMES, Iowa - Freshman Curtis Stinson scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half and made a key basket in the final minute.

Iowa State (13-4, 4-2 Big 12) trailed by 11 points in the first half and by nine early in the second half before storming back to break a five-game losing streak to the Jayhawks (13-4, 5-1).

Jake Sullivan made five 3-pointers and added 17 points for Iowa State. Keith Langford led Kansas with 20 points, but no one else on the Jayhawks hurt the Cyclones.

No. 16 Texas 69, Texas A&M 59

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas didn't allow a field goal in the final 12:41 and beat Texas A&M on the road for the 10th straight time.

The Longhorns (14-3, 5-1 Big 12) shot just 28.2 percent from the floor in the first half, but were able to overcome it thanks to their late defensive performance.

Brian Boddicker and Kenton Paulino led Texas with 11 points, while Jason Klotz added 10. Guard Royal Ivey had 10 rebounds. Nick Anderson had 14 points and six rebounds for A&M (7-10, 0-6), which has lost six in a row.

No. 19 Wake Forest 91, Virginia 78

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Justin Gray scored 26 points in a nearly flawless shooting performance to lead Wake Forest.

Gray made his first four shots of the game, including three 3-pointers, to spark the Demon Deacons (13-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) to an early lead that was never challenged.

Elton Brown led Virginia (12-6, 2-5) with 24 points. Derrick Byars added 18 in a pathetic offensive night for the Cavaliers. They missed all 12 of their 3-point attempts, had 19 turnovers and went 16-of-27 from the free throw line.

No. 20 Syracuse 76, Virginia Tech 64

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Gerry McNamara scored 26 points and Hakim Warrick had 15 points and seven assists to lead No. 20 Syracuse.

It was a nice rebound for the Orangemen (14-3, 4-2 Big East), who had lost two straight, including an embarrassing 66-45 setback at home last week to No. 7 Pittsburgh. Virginia Tech (8-10, 1-6) lost its fifth straight.

Josh Pace had 12 points and six assists, and freshman guard Demetris Nichols, who started in place of Billy Edelin, added 12 points for the Orangemen.

Jamon Gordon led the Hokies with 21 points.

Ohio State 65, No. 21 Purdue 59

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Terence Dials dunked over Ivan Kartelo and converted the three-point play in the final minutes to lead Ohio State.

David Teague had a chance to tie the game, but missed a wide-open jumper, and Tony Stockman made four free throws down the stretch to give Ohio State (10-10, 2-5 Big Ten) its first win in four games.

Stockman led the Buckeyes with 17 points. Teague had a career-high 22 points and seven rebounds to lead Purdue, but the Boilermakers (14-6, 4-3) lost their second game in a row.

Tennessee 65, No. 22 Florida 63

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Scooter McFadgon scored 24 points and Brandon Crump added 11 points and 11 rebounds to help Tennessee rally in the final minutes.

The Volunteers (11-6, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) blew an eight-point lead early in the second half but never let the Gators get too far ahead.

Tennessee tied it twice in the last nine minutes before retaking the lead with 1:33 left on Justin Albrecht's two free throws.

Matt Walsh and Anthony Roberson finished with 17 points apiece and Christian Drejer added 10 for Florida (13-5, 4-3).

Mississippi 79, No. 24 South Carolina 68

OXFORD, Miss. - Justin Reed scored a career-high 32 points and had 11 rebounds to lift Mississippi.

Reed was 10-of-19 from the field and 11-of-11 from the free-throw line for the Rebels (11-7, 3-4 Southeastern Conference), who are unbeaten in seven meetings with South Carolina.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Gamecocks (18-3, 5-2). Josh Gonner led them with 20 points.

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